If you have recently had a runny nose or sore throat, you may be wondering if it is a common cold, allergies or a COVID-19 infection.
Health officials say it can be difficult to determine which disease you are suffering from based on symptoms, but testing is one way to find out – including people who have been vaccinated, experts say.
“Even if it’s a sore throat, no matter what it is,” Dr. Allison Arwady, a Chicago Public Health Department commissioner, said on Facebook live last month. “I told this to my staff, that’s what I do myself … if you’re sick, even if you’re a little sick, stay home. Right now it’s truer than ever because you’re sick, even a little sick, until proven otherwise by the test “It’s COVID. That’s how we treat him, that’s how you should treat him.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colds, allergies and coronavirus overlap in some symptoms, such as the possibility of coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, headaches, sore throats and constipation.
Symptoms that are more associated with the coronavirus include fever, muscle and body pain, loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
In some people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that go away in a few weeks. For others, it may not cause any symptoms. For some, the virus can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
Even those receiving the coronavirus vaccine can also become infected with the virus and may have symptoms.
Most vaccinated people either have no symptoms or show very mild symptoms, according to health officials, and the virus rarely results in hospitalization or death of those individuals.
Coronavirus and the common cold have many symptoms.
According to the Mayo Clinic, diarrhea and nausea or vomiting are the only symptoms associated with the coronavirus that do not overlap with the common cold.
The hospital also notes that symptoms of COVID generally appear two to 14 days after exposure to SARS-CoV-2, symptoms of the common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to the virus that causes the common cold.
Dr. Katherine Poehling, Infectious Diseases Specialist and Member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, he told NBC News in January it seems that coughing, congestion, runny nose and fatigue are prominent symptoms with the omicron variant.
However, unlike the delta variant, many patients do not lose taste and smell. She noted that these symptoms can only reflect certain populations.
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